Northern areas batten down the hatches as Typhoon Kujira approaches.
The National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control sent out an urgent notice this morning asking coastal cities and provinces in the north to take measures to cope with the approaching Typhoon Kujira.
The notice was sent to cities and provinces in northern Quang Ninh province, north-central Thanh Hoa province, and northern mountainous provinces such as Ha Giang, Cao Bang and Bac Kan, as well as relevant ministries such as public security, transport and agriculture and rural development.
At 4am today Typhoon Kujira, the first of the season, was some 300 km off the coast of Mong Cai district in Quang Ninh, with wind speeds of 62 km/h to 74 km/h. The forecast was that, by 4pm, the typhoon would have moved in a north-westerly direction. By 4am tomorrow it will be at the border of Vietnam and China, with wind speeds of 40km/h to 50km/h.
By Thursday it will have entered mainland Asia and become a tropical low pressure area, with wind speeds of 40km/h.
Northern areas of the country are expected to receive heavy rain, with the possibility of flash floods and landslides in northern mountainous areas, including Thai Nguyen, Phu Tho, Tuyen Quang and Ha Giang provinces.
The national steering committee asked cities and provinces to recall ships in the northern area of the Gulf of Tonkin. Quang Ninh province and Hai Phong city have been directed to ban ships from leaving port.
Quang Ninh has been asked to prepare to relocate residents away from dangerous areas to safer places.
Northern cities and provinces have also been asked to monitor the typhoon’s progress and take appropriate measures as required.
Cities and provinces are expected to ask workers to remain on duty throughout the day and night and will report the latest local information to the national steering committee immediately.